December 2, 2012

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
      This Saturday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Here at St. Scholastica we have one scheduled Mass for the Holy Day. It is at 9:00 am on Saturday. Please be aware that the Saturday evening Mass at 5:00 pm is for the Second Sunday of Advent and not for the Immaculate Conception.           
      For your convenience, here are other opportunities for Mass for the Holy Day: Friday Vigil Mass on December 7th: 4:00 pm Mass at St. Mary's in Sharpsburg, 6:30 pm Mass at St. Francis in Harmar, and 7:00 pm Mass at St. Joseph's in O'Hara; on Saturday, the 8th, there are Masses at 8:00 am at St. Edward's in Blawnox and 10:00 am at St. Joseph's in O'Hara.

PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD
      There is no better way to prepare for Christmas than to make a good confession! How long has it been since you have made a sincere confession? If you do not go to confession this Advent, then when . . . . . .???
      Here are opportunities for confession this week: Saturday, December 8th, at 10:00 am here at St. Scholastica; St. Joseph Parish on Saturday from 3:30-4:00; St. Juan Diego (Madonna) on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm-6:20 pm and St. Francis in Harmar on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

YOUTH MASS
      Youth Mass will be December 8th at the 5:00 pm mass. All singers and musicians should report at 3:30 pm. After mass we will be Christmas Caroling at the VA Hospital until 8 pm. All Middle School and High School Students are welcome.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
      Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.
Help Needed!
      · Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of canned fruit and bath towels. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
      · Nancy sponsors a Christmas giving program. [Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree.] The program accepts any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. These gifts are not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well. In particular, Nancy is requesting purses and jewelry for young teen girls, basketballs or other gifts for teen boys, and toys for children of all ages. Please leave these items by December 7. Also, see Nancy's note under "Good News!" below.
      · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
      Nancy Heil writes:
      Thank you for any part you played in making our Thanksgiving program such a success. Some donated turkeys, stuffing, or vegetables; others gave roasting pans. Together, we were able to provide dinners for 50 families, including 70 adults and 140 children, making them extremely happy.
      One of our most depressed families included a grandmother and grandfather who came to us with one of their sons. The grandmother had just lost her job, and her husband's work had been cut to two days a week. He said, "I have worked hard all of my life. How do I end up here, waiting in line for a blanket to keep warm? How does that happen?"  Praying with them and being able to provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner gave them the hope we all need.
      My happiest family was one where four generations were able to gather for dinner with great love around their 91-year-old matriarch.
      Thank you, one and all! Now on to Christmas!


Focus On . . . Lectors
      Adult and teen lectors proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: lectors@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      A reminder that all gifts and money donations are to be returned next weekend, December 8th-9th.  Gifts and donations should be brought to the altar after the homily at each Mass. Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord". ~ Fr. Ken

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING ADVENT WELL
      The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the New Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee is selling Christmas Cards to help People Concerned For The Unborn Child. The card depicts Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The cost is $6 for a packet of 10 cards. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
      The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
David Merriman
      David has been a member of the parish since 2007 and has served on the Pastoral Council since 2010. He has an undergraduate degree in Classical Civilizations and a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. He is also an avid soccer fan who coaches his kids and plays for a local Fox Chapel team. You can contact him at: davemerriman@saintscholastica.com.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
      If you were not able to get your picture in the new directory and would like a copy, please stop in the parish office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am 3:00 pm. The cost for the directory is $5.00.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Daniel McGreevey.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 2ND
Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Monday: Is 2:1-5/Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10/Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Mt 15:29-37
Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24/Mt 9:27-31
Saturday: Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6

PATRON OF THE WEEK
      St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Robert L. DeFazio, D.M.D., for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

A NOTE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
      Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
      Don't miss the Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, December 8th, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at  Fairview Elementary on Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel!  There will be over 50 artisan craftsmen and vendors, beautiful "themed" gift baskets, such as electronics, Steelers, spa, etc., to be raffled off (with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity), delicious homemade baked goods, plus a holiday gift shop (Jingle Bell Station) geared to the kids with gift items for parents, grandparents, siblings, even the family pet!   For more information or directions contact Chris Luketich at chbluke@yahoo.com

ATTENTION FAMILIES . . .
      We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, December 1
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 2
   7:30 am  Mary Pochapsky (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Francis Xavier, priest, December 3
   8:30 am  Birthday, Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 4
   8:30 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 5
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Jean Piroth)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 6
   8:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)

Friday, St. Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor,  December 7
   8:30 am  William Martin (Friends of Family)

Saturday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  December 8
   9:00 am  William L. Vietmier (Cousins)    

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
   5:00 pm  Stanley Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 9
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Dominic Bucci (Mr. & Mrs. Regis E. Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                    

November 25, 2012

 OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
     The HBO series Game of Thrones is a critical and ratings success. It has now completed two seasons and a third is on its way in the spring. The genre show has gained wide appeal, something that doesn't always happen in the convoluted world of fantasy genre. Since the beginning, fan sites have sprung up alongside the official HBO website to help new viewers keep track of the characters. The HBO site even includes a family tree so that viewers can remember who is connected to whom. The basic plot of the show involves the struggle to hold on to power in a kingdom that is threatened by internal strife and natural disaster. Various heirs and other nobles form and reform alliances in an attempt to stay alive. The court intrigue is shown in all its bloody detail.
     The Gospel on this feast of Christ the King gives an entirely different picture of kingship. We only have a small snippet from John's Passion narrative, but it is enough to remind of the entire story that we hear on Good Friday. In John's Gospel, Jesus is completely in charge. He is no victim of the crowds. He willingly lays down his life and he takes it up again. Unlike the characters in Game of Thrones, the members of Christ's family are not scheming for power behind the back of the ruler, because his kingdom is not of this world. He reigns beyond the power of any foe to depose him.
Being an attendant of Christ (to use the word from the Gospel) is to listen to the voice of the King. As our prayers tell us today, he rules over "a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace." So many television viewers are enamored of Game of Thrones. Hopefully our example will invite others to be a part of the kingdom of Christ.
                                                            ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

FALL FLING UPDATE  
     Thank you to all of the parishioners who came to support the Fall Fling, November 9, 2012 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The event was a HUGE success . . . raising over $40,000 for our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy! Your commitment to supporting CDTCA is truly appreciated by many, but especially the children at our school who benefit from our Catholic educational program.
     The winner of the "10x your Money" envelope was drawn by our school's principal, Sister Dorothy Dolak. We are delighted to announce that the winning envelope belonged to Ann Scanlon, a St. Scholastica parishioner.  There was $50 in her envelope . . . making her the grand winner of $500!!  Congratulations and best wishes to Ann and many, many thanks to all of you who participated in this raffle to support Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

FR. KEN'S HOMILIES
     Fr. Ken's Sunday homilies are recorded and on our website: saintscholastica.com.  Go to the Home Page and on the "Quick Links" you will see listed "The Parish Blog and Fr. Ken's Homilies."

YOUTH MASS
     Youth Mass will be December 8th at the 5:00 pm mass. All singers and musicians should report at 3:30 pm. After mass we will be Christmas Caroling at the VA Hospital until 8 pm. All Middle School and High School Students are welcome.

SOCIAL FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
     Celebrate the season with dinner, dancing, friends. Monday, December 3rd, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Duquesne University Union Ballroom, Social for adults with special needs, $15 per person (including caregivers). No registration at the door. Please send your check to St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 by November 26th.

ATTENTION FAMILIES
     We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
     Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil's food pantry is in urgent need of pasta and large cans of spaghetti sauce. They also need canned fruit and canned vegetables of any kind. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church. Thanks to all who have contributed Thanksgiving items!
     · Nancy asked us to print the following message about one of her Christmas giving programs. Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree program.
     "Our Christmas gift program is now underway. We accept any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. We use these gifts not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well."
     "Judy Ostrosky has headed this program for many years, and I would like to thank her for the endless hours she has devoted to helping make Christmas brighter for those in need. Judy's deadline for the NEW items is December 7."
     · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
Thanks to Christine Ferguson and her associates—including Mary Lee Gannon, Mary Humphrey and Elaine DuVall--for their preparations for last Sunday's Coffee House gatherings and celebrations of Fr. Ken's birthday. The atmosphere for the gatherings was both elegant and friendly.

BLESSING OF AN ADVENT WREATH
     Advent begins next Sunday. The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of the Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.
     When the blessing is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ's promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

FOCUS ON. . . ELEMENTARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
     We look at elementary religious education as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff. We seek: a) to lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus; b) to lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life; c) to help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship; d) to support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children. For more information, or to help with this ministry, contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com.

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING ADVENT WELL
     The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the New Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site, or click here.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
     The Respect Life Committee is selling Christmas Cards to help People Concerned For The Unborn Child. The card depicts Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The cost is $6 for a packet of 10 cards. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 25TH
Sunday:  Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
Monday:  Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5/Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday:  Rv 14:14-19/Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday:  Rv 15:1-4/Lk 21:12-19
Thursday:  Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a/Lk 21:20-28
Friday:  Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22
Saturday:  Rv 22:1-7/Lk 21:34-36
Next Sunday:  Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12---4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

A NOTE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
     Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
     The Saint Scholastica 2012 Directories are here!  If you had your picture taken for our new directory during the past year, your copy of the directory will be available for pickup following all masses this weekend in the Pastoral Center.

SAVE THE DATE
     The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to its annual Christmas Party at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, starting at 12 noon. The cost of the luncheon is $25; as an entrée you can select either English-style tilapia or cannelloni pasta stuffed with ground veal and a blend of Italian cheeses. If you wish to attend, please send a check payable to the Aquinas Guild to: Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh 15238. Be sure to specify your entrée selection on the check. Reservation deadline is November 30th.
     Once again, we will collect new baby clothes (sizes newborn to 12 months) for mothers at the Rosalia Center. If you wish to participate, please wrap your gift and mark it with size and gender. There will also be a box in the back of the church for parishioners wishing to participate. If you have questions, please call 412-963-0198.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 24
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 25
   7:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Gaston Jalbert (Ronald & Nancy Jalbert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, November 26
   8:30 am  James J. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Tuesday, weekday, November 27
   8:30 am  Mary A. Vollmer (Edna Vollmer Jenca)

Wednesday, weekday, November 28
   8:30 am  Mary Teresa Auray (Robert Auray Jr.)

Thursday, weekday, November 29
    8:30 am  Marie Gearrusso (Constance Donnelly)

Friday, St. Andrew, apostle,  November 30
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, weekday,  December 1
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE   

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent,  December 1
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim and Karyn Lynch)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 2
   7:30 am  Mary Pochapsky (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am…Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                

November 18, 2012

 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     There were a bunch of folks who believed that the world was going to end in October of 2012. They based that belief on the supposed long count of the Mayan calendar. Since you're reading this, the world obviously didn't end. Of course, there are some dissenters who are holding out for December 21. Guess they won't be celebrating Christmas this year! Last year it was the people who followed Harold Camping who thought May 21, 2011, would be the last day. When it wasn't, Mr. Camping did a quick recalculation and informed everyone that it was really going to be October 21, 2011. Why is it that Americans seem to get caught up in these predictions? These are not just recent occurrences. The nineteenth century was rife with these kinds of predictions and movements. In uncertain times it may be that some people find a certain solace in having a date in their minds as to when things will end.
     In this weekend's Gospel, Jesus points out that there are signs to accompany the end of time. The sun will darken and the moon will not give light. Scientists tell us we've only got about 4.5 billion years left on this one. As for the Son of Man coming in the clouds, Jesus has not left us with a date on which he is returning.
     For those who can get wrapped up in predictions of this sort, the words of Jesus are pretty clear: "that day or hour, no one knows" (Mk 13:32). As Christians we don't need to know the date of Christ's return in glory. Whether it happens this afternoon or a million years from now really makes no difference. What is important is that we live our lives in such a way that we are always ready for his return. If we follow his commands, live according to Christ's law of love, and care for those in need, we will be ready whenever our Lord comes to take us home.
                                                        ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION
     This weekend, we will be taking up a special collection for the retired religious brothers and sisters. These retired religious are the ones who taught us and served in our parishes many years ago. Now that they are retired they need our support in their elder years. Please be generous.

OCTOBER COUNT
     Two weeks ago I reported that on average 889 parishioners attend our four weekend Masses which is about 25% Mass attendance. This 25% attendance is about the average for all the 204 parishes of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. These are the average number of people attending Mass for each of the four Masses: 213 at the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass; 138 at the 7:30 am Sunday Mass; 240 at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass; and 309 at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass. It is more and more evident in this Year of Faith that we must reach out especially to those who have walked away from the Church or those who feel rejected or unwelcomed. Bring a friend or family member to Mass and promise to buy brunch!! Fr. Ken

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
     Once again this year as part of our Advent preparation we have our Christmas Sharing Tree project. This weekend, November 17th-18th, we will invite you to come forward during Mass to take a tag or envelope from the tree. Each tag represents a gift for a needy person; the envelope represents a money donation to educate a child in Haiti or Kenya. All gifts and money donations are to be returned the weekend of December 8th-9th. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord."   Fr.Ken

GIFT CERTIFICATES
     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, November 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LIGHT ADVENT WREATH
     Advent begins the weekend of December 1st and 2nd this year.  It is time again to volunteer to light the Advent Wreath candles at each of the weekend Masses for the four weekends prior to Christmas.  Sign the sheet found in the back of church to volunteer for the Mass of your choice.  Please sign up by November 22nd.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF DONATION
     Thank you for your generous donation that totaled over $5,700 and was sent to Catholic Charities.

OFFICE NEWS
     The Parish Office will be closed November 22nd & 23rd for Thanksgiving.

FR. KEN'S HOMILIES
     Fr. Ken's Sunday homilies are recorded and on our website: saintscholastica.com.  Go to the Home Page and on the 'Quick Links' you will see listed 'The Parish Blog with Fr. Ken's Homilies."

STEWARDSHIP CORNER          
     Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: http://www.saintscholastica.com/. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil sponsors a Thanksgiving program for poor families. Those who wish to donate a frozen turkey may do so only on Monday, November 19, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. During those hours, you may leave frozen turkeys only on the front porch at 318 Third St. Please do not deliver turkeys to the church.
     · In addition, Nancy and her coworkers need many donations of stuffing mix (not just bread crumbs) and large, heavy throwaway aluminum roasting pans. Nancy's food pantry is completely out of large cans of spaghetti sauce. They also need canned vegetables of any kind. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church. Thank you for your generosity!
     · Finally, Nancy asked us to print the following message from her about one of her Christmas giving programs. [Note: this is different from our parish Giving Tree program.]
     "Our Christmas gift program is now underway. We accept any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. We use these gifts not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well."
     "Judy Ostrosky has headed this program for many years, and I would like to thank her for the endless hours she has devoted to helping make Christmas brighter for those in need.  Judy's deadline for the NEW items is December 7."
     · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch (except for the frozen turkeys on November 19th) or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
     Members of our youth group and adult helpers worked last Saturday on behalf of Catholic Charities. Congratulations to all who participated, following in Jesus' path of service!
Focus On . . . The St. Monica Society
     The St. Monica Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: stmonica@saintscholastica.com.

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
     The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
Boo Benckart
     Boo currently serves in the role as Scribe for the Pastoral Council and has been a member of the Council since January 2008. She has been a life long member of the parish, attending St. Scholastica's grade school. She is a graduate of Shady Side Academy (1979), Boston College (1983), and Duquesne University (1986, MBA).  She serves in a number of ministries including the Welcoming Committee, chaperone for the Youth Ministry annual Appalachian Mission trip and the Aquinas Guild. You can contact Boo at: boobenckart@saintscholastica.com

HOME STUDY CHECK IN
     There is a Home Study check-in this Sunday, November 18th, from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

THANKS AGAIN
     The 2012 Autumn Song Benefit Luncheon raised more than $10,000. The money will be used to fund Church and School projects, our Youth Ministry, and various local charities. In recent years, the funds raised have been used to repair the cement and steps in back of the church and to purchase liturgical vestments and altar cloths, new funeral pall and vestments, a cover for the Gospel book and other items that enrich our celebration of the Mass and other sacraments. The luncheon has been held annually for more than 50 years.
     A special thanks to all the women of the parish who attend the benefit each year and those who purchase raffle tickets and support the event with their donations. In last week's list of donors, several names were inadvertently omitted. Local businesses who contributed to Autumn Song this year include: Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, McCabe Bros. Inc., Funeral Homes, Jimmy Wan's Restaurant, Loafers, Luke and Mike's Front Porch, Monogram It, Nancetta Ristorante and Vygor.  The generous support of parishioners and local businesses insures the success of this event each year. A very sincere thank you to all!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 11TH
Sunday:  Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32
Monday:  Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5/Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday:  Rv 3:1-6, 14-22/Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday:  Rv 4:1-11/Lk 19:11-28
Thursday:  Rv 5:1-10/Lk 19:41-44
Friday:  Rv 10:8-11/Lk 19:45-48
Saturday:  Rv 11:4-12/Lk 20:27-40
Next Sunday:  Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

A NOTE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
     Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
     Saint Scholastica 2012 Directories are here!  If you had your picture taken for our new directory during the past year, your copy of the directory will be available for pickup following all masses this weekend in the Pastoral Center.

CDTCA
     CDTCA is hosting a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Sunday, November 18th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.  Stop in to hear our children sing, see some cool artwork and get a start on your Christmas shopping.  All proceeds benefit CDTCA.

SAVE THE DATE
     The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to its annual Christmas Party at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, starting at 12 noon. The cost of the luncheon is $25; as an entrée you can select either English-style tilapia or cannelloni pasta stuffed with ground veal and a blend of Italian cheeses.
     If you wish to attend, please send a check payable to the Aquinas Guild to: Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh 15238. Be sure to specify your entrée selection on the check. Reservation deadline is November 30. Once again, we will collect new baby clothes (sizes newborn to 12 months) for mothers at the Rosalia Center. If you wish to participate, please wrap your gift and mark it with size and gender. There will also be a box in the back of the church for parishioners wishing to participate. If you have questions, please call 412-963-0198.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 17
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Judy Jackworth (Robert Jackworth)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 19
   8:30 am  John Marous, Jr. (George & Eileen Dorman)

Tuesday, weekday, November 20
   8:30 am  Gloria C. McLaughlin (husband, Harry)

Wednesday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Family)

Thursday, Thanksgiving, November 22
   9:00 am  Dr. & Mrs.. William H. Labriola (Family)

Friday, weekday,  November 23
    8:30 am  Patricia Akanowicz (Charlene Akanowicz)

Saturday, St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest & martyr, November 24
   9:00 am Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 24
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 25
   7:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Gaston Jalbert (Ronald & Nancy Jalbert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan


ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                                           

November 11, 2012


32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     We all know the maxim, "Actions speak louder than words." It is part of our cultural heritage. It is one of those truisms that we accept. We all know that there are plenty of words that lead to action. Words themselves have their own power. If they didn't, people wouldn't be writing essays, blogs, diatribes, commentaries, or advertisements. Very often, we use words to get people to take action. How many times have we seen a splashy ad with the words "Buy now!" prominently displayed in an overlay. Advertisers look to include a call to action to seal the deal. So in some ways words are just as important as the actions themselves. Actions by the British government and inflammatory words by pamphleteers push the Continental Congress to write the Declaration of Independence, words that became a call to action on the part of the populace.
     This weekend's Gospel is a combination of words and actions. In the first half Jesus is teaching about the dangers of religious hypocrisy. He warns his followers to make sure that their daily actions conform to their religious beliefs. In the second half of the Gospel, Jesus praises the widow who makes a donation to the Temple treasury. Her simple act of kindness spoke volumes about her own devotion and religious convictions. To quote another proverb, she "gave until it hurt."
     The life of a Christian is always a balance between words and actions. The words of faith-the doctrine, the preaching, the Bible study, the prayers-give the foundation to who we are as Christians. Without those words, our identity gets muddied. It's one reason we proclaim one of the creeds each Sunday. However, our actions in the world give firm expression to our faith. Without them no one would ever see what Christianity really is: the love of Christ made visible in the world by his followers today.
                                                     ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION
     Next weekend, we will be taking up a special collection for the retired religious brothers and sisters. These retired religious are the ones who taught us and served in our parishes many years ago. Now that they are retired they need our support in their elder years. Please be generous.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
     Once again this year as part of our Advent preparation we have our Christmas Sharing Tree project. Next weekend, November 17th-18th, we will invite you to come forward during Mass to take a tag or envelope from the tree. Each tag represents a gift for a needy person; the envelope represents a money donation to educate a child in Haiti or Kenya. All gifts and money donations are to be returned the weekend of December 8th-9th. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord."   Fr.Ken

A FAMILY PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH
O God our Father,
in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes
to be signs of living faith.
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith,
and by that gift
may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son,
and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy
to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.         
--from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

GIFT CERTIFICATES
     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, November 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LIGHT ADVENT WREATH
     Advent begin the weekend of December 1st and 2nd this year.  It is time again to volunteer to light the Advent Wreath candles at each of the weekend Masses for the four weekends prior to Christmas.  Sign the sheet found in the back of church to volunteer for the Mass of your choice.  Please sign up by November 22nd.

PIE ORDERS
     Pie orders are due today.  Pick up will be after all masses next weekend.

STEWARDSHIP:
     Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: http://www.saintscholastica.com/. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil sponsors a Thanksgiving program for poor families. Coldwell Banker donates a number of turkeys. Others who wish to donate a frozen turkey may do so only on Monday, November 19, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. During those hours, you may leave frozen turkeys only on the front porch at 318 Third St. Please do not deliver turkeys to the church.
· In addition, Nancy encourages donations of stuffing mix and large, heavy throwaway aluminum roasting pans. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
· Nancy also requests pairs of inexpensive "one size fits all" black stretch gloves as well as warm winter gloves for men. You may also donate canned fruit (medium size, 13-20 oz. cans are best), and any kind of packaged food which does not need refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . .The Committee for Persons with Disabilities
The Committee works to ensure that all persons can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Committee works closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and provides support, information and resources for people with any type of disability. We also coordinate a special annual Mass which gives the parish an opportunity to welcome persons with a disability. To help advance this work, contact Ann Scanlon at: advocate@saintscholastica.com.

REST IN PEACE
     Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rita Secola, wife of Orlando (Earl) Secola.

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
     The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
Elaine DuVall (Facilitator)
     Elaine currently serves in the role as Facilitator for the Pastoral Council. She has been a member of the Council since January of 2006 and a member of the parish since 1999. She received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania. Elaine serves in a number of ministries within the parish which include Welcome Committee, Community Committee, Picnic Committee and also lectors. You can contact Elaine at: elaineduvall@saintscholastica.com.

GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
     Our annual celebration of All Saints and All Souls has passed, but that doesn't mean that we can't continue to cultivate our relationship with the saints. At the morning Mass on All Saints Day, Fr. Duch recommended Fr. James Martin's book, My Life with the Saints as one place to start. Here are some other resources.
     Robert Ellsberg, editor-in-chief of Orbis Books, has written several books on the saints. His first was All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time. Mr. Ellsberg's book was well-received, but he received some criticism that it did not include enough of the many holy women who have inspired believers, so he followed up with Blessed Among All Women. Ellsberg's books include many saints on the Church's official list, but also include other inspiring persons who have not been canonized. In between those works, Ellsberg published The Saints' Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit based on the lives and writings of the saints.
     If you would like to learn about saints online, one place to start is with the "Saint of the Day" feature on americancatholic.org, the website of Franciscan Media. Look for the icon on the right side of the home page. The feature can also be sent to your email inbox or to your iPhone.

HOME STUDY CHECK IN
     The next Home Study check-in is next Sunday, November 18th from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

THE BIG EVENT!
     High school students join us for the Big Event this evening (Sunday) in the Parish Center at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 11TH
Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44
Monday: Ti 1:1-9/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Ti 3:1-7/Lk 17:11-19
Thursday: Phlm 7-20/Lk 17:20-25
Friday: 2 Jn 4-9/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: 3 Jn 5-8/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday:  Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Frank LeDonne of Hartwood Chiropractic for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

HOLY FAMILY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
     Experience a different culture from your very own home! Holy Family International College Preparatory Program is looking for Home Stay Families to have English-speaking international high school students live in their home while they attend local Catholic high schools during the Spring semester of the 2012-13 school year, starting in January of 2013. Home Stay Families will be paid to care for international students. For more information, contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020 x304 or Guerra.lynn@hfi-pgh.org.

EVENINGS OF PRAISE & BEAUTY
     Please join us at Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, PA for the following events.  All performances begin at 7:00pm.
     Friday, November 16th - St. Mary Church - Amanda Plazek, Vocalist
     Friday, November 30th - St. Mary Church - Jeff Donnelly, Organist
     Friday, December 7th - Madonna of Jerusalem Church - Chaz Bowers, Organist
     Friday, December 14th -Madonna of Jerusalem Church - Musical Program
     Friday, December 21st - St. Mary Church - Christmas Music Through the Ages, Featuring instrumentalists and vocalists

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 10
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 11
   7:30 am Leona Marcone (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Helen Minshull (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Welsh (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Josaphat, bishop & martyr, November 12
   8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Strittmatter)

Tuesday, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin, November 13
   8:30 am  John Mahardy (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Wednesday, weekday, November 14
   8:30 am  Leona Venn (Rita Schultz)

Thursday, weekday, November 15
    8:30 am  James McCaffrey (Ernest & Diana Sirianni)

Friday, weekday,  November 16
    8:30 am  Anniv., Evelyn & John Lovey (JoAnn & Jack Lovey)

Saturday, St. Elizabeth of Hungary,  November 17
   9:00 am Vincent & Dorothy Taravella (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 17
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Judy Jackworth (Robert Jackworth)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat. 9:00 a.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Harmar: T, Th, 8:00 a.m.; W, 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F, 9:00 a.m.; W, 7:00 p.m.
     Eucharistic Adoration, W, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
St. Juan Diego (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                  

November 4, 2012

 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     Coin collectors participate in their hobby for a variety of reasons. Some enjoy the beauty of finely sculptured miniature works of art. Others like the historical nature of the coins. Still other collectors get involved in the hobby because they see it as a financial investment. And finally, some collectors are basically accumulators, gathering in vast quantities of coins hoping to find a gem no matter what its condition. In wanting to show off their collection, coin collectors are always posed with an immediate problem: a coin has a front and a back. Most of the time it is the front that has the stellar image, often a bust of some historic individual. The back is usually plain, but sometimes, as in the case of the statehood quarters produced over a decade by the US Treasury, the reverse is actually the more interesting side.
     In the Gospel this weekend Jesus presents two commandments, which like a coin, are two sides of the same item. We are called to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. And, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. As the scribe indicates in his response to Jesus, it is no longer sacrifices or burnt offerings that God wants, but fulfillment of the commandment to love.
     When one loves God, one must love all that God has created, which includes our neighbor. For how can one truly love God but not love what God has made? And when one loves a neighbor, one must love God because God is the one who made us all. These two commandments of love are inseparable in the very same way that you cannot have only a one-sided coin. Even if the other side were blank, it would still be there. And so it is with the two commandments of love. They go hand in hand as one.
                                                      ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

ANNUAL OCTOBER COUNT
     For the past twenty five years each parish has taken up an October Count to document the number of parishioners who attend Mass and also document the percentage of parishioners who attend Mass. Here are our numbers for the past five years (We estimate that we have 1,500 families and 3,600 parishioners.):
2008   1,207    31% of the parishioners
2009   1,042    28.9%
2010      971    27%
2011      929    25.8%
2012      889    24.7%
     These numbers are shocking when we see that only one parishioner out of four comes to Mass each week. However, our numbers are in line with most other parishes in our diocese. You can see from these statistics why the church has begun a "Year of Faith" initiative. Initiated by Blessed John Paul II and eagerly embraced by his successor, the new evangelism is a project aimed at reviving Catholic faith in increasingly secular societies, especially the wealthiest Western nations.
     Cardinal Wuerl has stated that this is an opportunity to fulfill the goal for which Blessed John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council: a faithful presentation of Catholic teachings in a way "attractive to a very rapidly changing culture." Cardinal Wuerl also commented that the recent Synod in Rome is striving to turn back the "tsunami of secularism." So, our mandate is that we be credible witnesses to our Catholic Faith by the integrity of our lives and the quality of our love and service to our brothers and sisters. Fr. Ken

A FAMILY PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH
O God our Father,
in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes
to be signs of living faith.
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith,
and by that gift
may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son,
and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy
to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.         
               --from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

BAPTISM PREPARATION
     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, November 5, at 7:30 in the Parish Office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have already baptized children are also welcome. If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date. The next baptismal preparation session is scheduled for January 7, 2013.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
     Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: http://www.saintscholastica.com/. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil sponsors a Thanksgiving program for poor families. Coldwell Banker donates a number of turkeys. Others who wish to donate a frozen turkey may do so only on Monday, November 19, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. During those hours, you may leave frozen turkeys only on the front porch at 318 Third St. Please do not deliver turkeys to the church.
     · In addition, Nancy encourages donations of stuffing mix and large, heavy throwaway aluminum roasting pans. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
     · Nancy also requests pairs of inexpensive "one size fits all" black stretch gloves as well as warm winter gloves for men. You may also donate canned fruit (medium size, 13-20 oz. cans are best), and any kind of packaged food which does not need refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . .The Parish Pastoral Council
     The Pastoral Council is an envisioning body of parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish's future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. For more information, please contact Elaine DuVall at pastoralcouncil@saintscholastica.com.

ELECTION 2012
     Please note that distribution of any election-related materials on church property is not permitted. Posting fliers or signs, passing out campaign literature, and leaving unauthorized materials anywhere in the building or on car windshields, are prohibited. We appreciate your compliance with this policy.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES WORK DAY #3
     On Saturday, November 10th we will host another work day in conjunction with Catholic Charities. All middle school and high school youth are welcome to attend. We will need adult chaperones. Please RSVP by Wednesday. Our day will be from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

FALL FLING
     The annual Fall Fling benefit, "Good Things are Happening at CDTCA", is quickly approaching and we don't want you to miss the opportunity to participate in our raffle during the evening of November 9, 2012.
     10x YOUR MONEY envelopes will be distributed and collected after all Sunday Masses, November 4, 2012. For your convenience, envelopes can also be deposited at Mass during the Church collection. You are able to include cash or check (made payable to CDTCA) in your envelope for any value between $10-$50. For instance, If you enclose $25, and your envelope is pulled-you would win $250. There will be 1 winner and the winner does not need to be present.
     ALL of the proceeds go to our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. The children thank you for your support! Any questions, please contact: Dani Folino (412) 287-6197 or Luci Massaro (412) 559-0478.

MEN'S RETREAT
     Have you ever given thought to making a weekend retreat? Maybe this is the moment to pull back (retreat) and STOP LOOK LISTEN- !! St. Scholastica's Men's Retreat begins on Friday of this week, November 9th, and ends on Sunday, November 11th, at Noon. It will be held at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center at their beautiful South Side grounds overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. The suggested offering is $185.99 (less if you cannot afford it!). For details, please call Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147. If not now . . . when?

THANK YOU...
     The Aquinas Guild would like to thank those that generously contributed to the silent auction and basket items: Andora Restaurant, Andy Warhol Museum, Aspinwall Grille, Maryanne Barnes, Beans 'n' Cream, Mary Bernard, Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Art, Casa Del Sole Pizza, City Theater, Marianne Chatham, Donato's, Dovecote, ESSpa Kozmetica, Feast on Brilliant, Frick Museum, Gail Gilliland, Heinz History Center, Henne Jewelers, Kieffer Optical, Ladies of Fair Oaks, Leonard Labriola's Italian Market, Mary Ann Labriola, Carolyn Haas-Leeper, Eleanor Liberatore, Linniot miniatures, Jim and Penny Lynch, Mary Ellen Maher, Jean McCague, Ursula Meyer, Janet Monaco, Mon a vie, Nota Bene, Joan Novogradac, One Brilliant, Judy Ostrosky, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pine Creek Golf & Jr. Team Golf, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Point Park University, Rosebud's, Eva Szabo, Tapestry & Tassels, Mia Tarducci Henry Art, Tarducci Family, Ursula Meyer Jewelry Collections, Pam Vergona, Carol Whitehead Custom Framing & Antique Prints, Whiteman's Flower Shop, Walnut Grill and anonymous donors. This event was a wonderful success; thank you so much to all!

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
     The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 7th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 4TH
Sunday: Dt 6:2-6/Heb 7:23-28/Mk 12:28b-34
Monday: Phil 2:1-4/Lk 14:12-14
Tuesday: Phil 2:5-11/Lk 14:15-24
Wednesday: Phil 2:12-18/Lk 14:25-33
Thursday: Phil 3:3-8a/Lk 15:1-10
Friday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
Saturday: Phil 4:10-19/Lk 16:9-15
Next Sunday:1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Frank LeDonne of Hartwood Chiropractic for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

HOLY FAMILY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
     Experience a different culture from your very own home! Holy Family International College Preparatory Program is looking for Home Stay Families to have English-speaking international high school students live in their home while they attend local Catholic high schools during the Spring semester of the 2012-13 school year, starting in January of 2013. Home Stay Families will be paid to care for international students. For more information, contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020 x304 or Guerra.lynn@hfi-pgh.org.

MEGA MEETING
     There will be a MEGA meeting for all Confirmation Candidates and their parents or sponsors on Sunday, November 11th, after the 11:00 mass.

THE BIG EVENT!
     Sunday, November 11th, is our first ever BIG EVENT for all High School Youth. It's like a MEGA meeting just for you! 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.

REST IN PEACE
     Please pray for the repose of the soul of S. Tony Cardinali, husband of Bonne Cardinali.

ALTAR FLOWERS
     This week's altar flowers are in honor of Veronica & Nicholas Constantakis's 50th wedding anniversary.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 3
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 4
   7:30 am  James McCaffrey (John & Dolores Gentilcore & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Kevin D. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am   Deceased Members of the Trapp & Gimber Families (Daughters)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 5
   8:30 am  Matthew Elder (Sam & Barb Spencer)

Tuesday, weekday, November 6
   8:30 am  Thomas P. Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Wednesday, weekday, November 7
   8:30 am  Antonia Vilvadi-Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa & Family)

Thursday, weekday, November 8
   8:30 am  Arthur Bauer (Bob Bauer)

Friday, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica,  November 9
   8:30 am  Suzanna Freyvogel (Betty Behanna & John Campbell)
   10:00 am  Funeral Mass for Cay Hamilton

Saturday, St. Leo the Great, pope & doctor of the Church,  November 10
   9:00 am  Birthday, Sr. Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)
   2:30 pm  Wedding, Ashley Barr & Kevin Knaus

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 10
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 11
   7:30 am  Leona Marcone (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Helen Minshull (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Welsh (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat. 9:00 a.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Harmar: T, Th, 8:00 a.m.; W, 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F, 9:00 a.m.; W, 7:00 p.m.
     Eucharistic Adoration, W, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
St. Juan Diego (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org